The pandemic was an incredibly challenging time here at Spectrum Generations, and for the communities that we serve. Demand for our Meals on Wheels program, which helps meet the nutritional needs of housebound seniors, more than doubled from 800 meals per day to more than 1,800. At the same time, our program lost many volunteers who were in the high-risk category for COVID.

But, with the help of area businesses, law enforcement and individuals, Spectrum Generations rallied to meet the needs of central Maine’s most vulnerable citizens. In the process, we were able to meet some incredible local heroes, like Robin Samalus Getchell, owner of the Robin’s Nest Floral in Waterville.

Like many businesses, Robin had to temporarily close her doors during the height of the pandemic, and she used her spare time to jump right in to volunteering with our Meals on Wheels program. Robin was a great asset to our volunteer team. All we had to do was tell her what needed to be done, and she would seemingly move mountains to make it happen, and always with a smile.

Even after Robin was able to re-open the doors to her business, she continued to volunteer. Her commitments truly made a big difference for so many seniors in our communities, and we were so grateful to her for the time she contributed.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, or any of Spectrum Generations’ programs, please email us at or call 207-620-1684.


Gary Hurtubise, chef, Muskie Community Center

Karen Noyes Moody, assistant chef, Muskie Community Center

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